Let the trade rumors commence.
The rumor mill has been extremely active since the Eagles got bounced out of the playoffs by the Saints in the NFC Divisional Round.
Recently, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced they are hiring former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to serve as their offensive coordinator.
This move got Eagles fans and Philly sports media buzzing on social media imagining a potential trade opportunity that would send Nick Foles to the Jaguars and the Eagles would acquire running back Leonard Fournette.
Inside The Iggles previously discussed all the possible scenarios for Philadelphia to explore if they decide to move on from Foles.
One of those scenarios is letting Foles hit the free agency market but utilize the franchise tag for $25 million and trade him to acquire a player at a position that is desperately needed.
Additionally, we discussed the Jaguars as a likely option because all signs are pointing toward them moving on from Blake Bortles.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Jags are reportedly getting fed up with Fournette and may look to trade him sooner than later.
However, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport mentioned Jacksonville intends to “move forward” with Fournette. Though this isn’t the first time, we’ve heard a team publicly utter this sort of sentiment only to send them packing.
Despite enduring a sophomore slump due to injuries that sidelined him for half the season, Fournette is still a force out of the backfield.
During his rookie season, Fournette rushed for more than 1,000 yards with an average of 80 yards-per-game.
Additionally, the Eagles would not break the bank if they were to acquire Fournette via trade.
According to Spotrac, Fournette’s base salary is $2.9 million in 2019 and $4.1 million for the last year of his contract in 2020.
For the Eagles, this type of move would be viewed as a low-risk, high-reward situation.
All this talk about Foles for Fournette could be a reality in the distant future. At this point, we are just going to have to sit back and watch how everything plays out.